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Window glass wont move

2005 passat: The driver's side window glass wont move or better stated has become detached from the electric motor device and now wants to slip down into the door. what has been damaged. When operating the electric motor, it sounds like it is chewing something!

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Most likely the sound is coming from your "window lift assembly" being torn up. Your window motor attaches to the back of the assembly and winds up the cable that raises and lowers your window. Most likely the cable has come unattached and is grinding inside. 
You can buy a new assembly from Autozone (about $100 is what they usually run) and replace it. The first step is to remove the side panel from your door. Once the panel is off you can see where your motor is bolted on to the center of your door. Remove the motor and then unbolt the rest of the window lift assembly. Be careful though about removing the pins that attach your window to the lift assembly. Due to the curve of the glass, it only takes a little pressure to shatter the glass. Once the window lift assembly is replaced, put everything back the way it was before and you are good to go. 
It is not that complicated of a job, it just takes a little patience. Good luck!

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It sounds like you need a regulator. i would not suggetst Autozone for this part. dealer only. i would also not suggest that you attempt this job yourself. there are some regulators that most people can do without any training. a newer VOLKSWAGEN is not a place to start! bite the bullet and take it to a glass shop (yes, one that has an address!) or the dealer. you will be glad you did.

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